Calgary police continue to target offenders with ties to organized crime
Our Organized Crime and Offender Management Section continues to prioritize the enforcement of individuals believed to be involved in organized crime, and related violence, in our city. This includes the identification, suppression and enforcement of those offenders who have the greatest impact on public safety.
In November 2022, our Organized Crime Response Unit identified two men that had breached court-imposed conditions and began attempting to locate them. The men were believed to be actively evading police and warrants were issued for their arrest.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, police became aware that the men were believed to be at a restaurant located in the 300 block of 11 Avenue S.W. After leaving the restaurant, the men were arrested by officers from our Tactical Unit after a brief foot chase.
Upon arrest, both men were found to be carrying loaded firearms on their person, including a converted fully automatic Glock and a .38 special revolver. Photos of the firearms are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.
Elvis VUKAJ, 28, of Calgary, has now been charged with one count each of carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of a restricted/prohibited firearm with ammunition, as well as seven counts of failing to comply with a release order.
Latef Reakwon TAG EL DIN, 26, of Calgary, has now been charged with one count each of carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a restricted/prohibited firearm with ammunition, and possession of a firearm knowing the serial number was altered, as well as two counts of possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order and five counts of failing to comply with a release order.
“These individuals breached their release conditions and were found to be carrying loaded firearms while out for dinner at a busy downtown Calgary restaurant. Their reckless actions put everyone’s safety inside that restaurant at risk,” says Staff Sergeant Roland Stewart of the Calgary Police Service Organized Crime Response Unit. “Gang violence doesn’t just impact those involved in organized crime – it impacts an individual’s friends, family members and innocent bystanders in close proximity to them.”
Our Service continues to target anyone involved in organized crime or the unlawful presence of firearms in our community. Our efforts rely strongly on community support. If you have information about individuals who are believed to be involved in organized crime, the presence of unlawful firearms, or other suspicious activity, please contact police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
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